mengniu’s website was hacked.
By Allen Ai
Mengniu, one of the largest dairy producers in China and a culprit in the 2008 melamine scandal, has been caught with tainted milk once again. Carcinogenic toxins were found in their milk last week, and last night their website was hacked, presumably in response to the contamination.
On December 24, the General Admission of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine stated that a batch of products contained aflatoxin M1, exceeding the national safety limits by as much as 140%. Aflatoxin is a strong carcinogenic substance.
Mengniu responded that this batch was not circulating in the market, and was still in the factory. They have since claimed that the tainted milk was caused by “moldy and deteriorated fodder” given to the cows.
In the fallout of the scandal, the stock of Mengniu plunged 7.4% to HK$18.52, the lowest since September, 2009.
This amusing depiction of Mengniu CEO Niu Gensheng has been forwarded more than 13,000 times on Weibo.
The scandal has sparked enormous discussion on Weibo, and has ranked among the top stories since the scandal broke. Netizens have fiercely attacked Mengniu and their lack of quality. A famous Internet celebrity, Wen Yunchao(温云超), also joined the discussion and claimed that Mengniu had flooded Weibo with zombie accounts to defend themselves.
Last night, a team of hackers named “Simple International Infosec Team” attacked Mengniu’s website. They said Mengniu was once the pride of China, but now they entrap Chinese people. The hackers lashed out over what they claim is a lack of conscience on the park of Mengniu. The website was effectively shut down by the attack, but returned to normal around noon today.
The toxic milk scandal in recent years has wiped out the reputation of the domestic dairy industry, sparking growth in milk importation and milk smuggling. People now generally trust only imported milk (especially when their children are drinking it) and a lot of purchasing agents have sprung up on e-commercial platforms such as Taobao to keep up with demand.
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